Wheat Pete's Word, Nov 9: Plugged elevators, persistent droughts, fall armyworm, and the season of giving


Corn on corn shouldn’t be the plan, but when it is, make sure the stalks are baled and returned as manure, says Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson.

In this early November episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, our host shares insight in to what’s causing corn field fires, how much stress tolerance has improved in crop types, which pest killed winter wheat, and if nitrogen is the answer to more rye in rotation.

Have a question you’d like Johnson to address or some yield results to send in? Disagree with something he’s said? Leave him a message at 1-888-746-3311, send him a tweet (@wheatpete), or email him at [email protected].


  • Sorry about the voice, y’all
  • Harvest holdups — elevators are plugged
  • Beautiful weather, excellent ground conditions. Get the corn out of the field
  • What a small problem to have
  • Remember the food banks this giving season
  • What do people really need? Cake mix, ketchup, milk, butter. Protein needed, too
  • Cash is always welcome, too
  • It’s so dry in America
  • Corn fields catching fire in Ohio
  • P and K stay after a fire
  • Dr. Terry Daynard thought he’d have 70 bushel corn, but was pleasantly surprised. Outstanding stress tolerance
  • How can no water still make a crop?
  • Carbon dioxide levels rising adds to drought tolerance
  • What about that wager on corn yields?
  • Every rain shower mattered
  • Double crop beans proved Johnson wrong — 10 to 40 bushels per acre
  • Even 20 bushels an acre made money
  • September planted winter wheat looking horrible. Why? Fall armyworm!
  • Nitrogen talk time: this spring, organic N sources in rotation (manure, FTW) was a clear winner
  • Leave a check strip!
  • Have faith in those long-term organic N additions
  • DON is sporadic in the corn crop
  • The Kevins seem to have some issues between loads
  • Get better grinder, sampler. Check out the video here.
  • Can N solve the rye carryover yield drag?
  • Corn stalk and sowthistle — wait a few days after harvest
  • Corn on corn, do you bale the stalks? YES. Put it back as manure.

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